This is my first post and sorry it's a bit of a long read. I'm really glad I found this amazing community and thank you everybody for the wealth of information you provide in this community. I'm taking T3 (80 mcg) for the hypothyroidism; hydrocortisone (30mg) for the Addison's and waiting to have a non-productive pituitary tumour surgically removed. It's been quite a journey to have this correct diagnosis. I have had to fight with many doctors to come this far! Suffered premature ovarian failure only to get the pituitary tumour diagnosis years later when Addison's and hypothyroidism had set in! This community and the STTM community has helped immensely in supporting me through this journey. Although I'm not yet there, the support has helped me improve enormously.
Due to the rarity of Primary Adrenal Failure(Addison's), it is extremely difficult to find information on a combination of illnesses like mine. With a faulty thyroid, I gained over 70 lbs even though I was diagnosed with Addison's (which causes extreme weight loss usually)...doctors were confused and also thought I was just too lazy to exercise! AWith undiagnosed Addison's, I could hardly get out of bed most days, let alone exercise!! These doctors...SMH.
After extensive research on the internet, I ended up suggesting treatment options to my current doctor, who is, thankfully, very receptive and I feel much better than I have felt in YEARS! I am now on a journey to lose weight and have finally started to shed the weight after years of piling it on. It's early days yet but I have shed 15 lbs in two months and am on my way out of being pre diabetic!!
I just wanted to encourage others as I have been encouraged and supported through your posts by telling you to keep searching and to listen to your body first and foremost. Don't allow your doctor to tell you he/she knows your body better than you because of a blood test!